Going for a Song

Friday 5th July 2013, 2:00pm - 3:00pm BST

Showroom Cinema 4

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Songs play a fundamental part in children’s programmes, but the composer’s involvement in a show can vary wildly from production to production.

With reference to song-heavy shows such as ‘ZingZillas’, ‘Horrible Histories’ and the ‘CBeebies Panto’, this discussion panel will examine the different ways to integrate songs into children’s programming in modern TV, the complications of performers and/or musicians live in studio, and the amazing results that can be achieved with ambitious thinking and creative budgeting.  The panel will also discuss the benefits of using music in children’s TV shows and how important music is to young viewers.

The discussion will be complemented by anecdotes, excerpts from TV shows and musical demos. Our panellists will also be tinkling on their Bontempi organs to see who can recognise the Children’s theme tunes from past and present – with a prize for the winner.

This session will be of particular interest to composers and TV programme-makers, although with the extensive secondary use of music beyond the shows, this will also be of interest to radio, interactive media, and all those looking to license TV music in its many and varied forms, from DVDs, CDs, to singing toys.